Senior Congress leader and former union minister P Chidambaram, on Saturday, said that Congress started the process to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in 2009.
“We started the process in 2009 to name Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, 10 years later the process is complete. Mr Modi is only talking about the last scene of the story, it’s like going to a movie and only looking at the last scene. What about the earlier scenes?” Chidambaram asked.
“Who got Hafiz Saeed named as a global terrorist? Have you forgotten Lakhvi? Two people were named as global terrorists when Congress was in power; Masood Azhar is not the first person,” Chidambaram added.
The UNSC had declared Azhar as a global terrorist on Wednesday, May 1 which was announced by Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, by a tweet.
On Thursday, May 2, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley jointly addressed a press conference where they praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “persistent efforts” behind the designation of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC.
“The outcome of persistent measures taken by MEA under the leadership of PM and the PM’s own visits have resulted in this,” Sitharaman had said while Jaitley slammed the opposition parties for their “stand” on the declaration.
“Azhar’s name as the leader and mastermind of several attacks has all been recognised. But it is the persistent effort taken by this government under the leadership of PM which has brought this result for us today,” Sitharaman had.
“The whole country is praising the government and the PM. When the country wins, every Indian wins but it is unfortunate that some friends in the opposition think that if they join in this victory they might have to pay a political price for it,” Jaitley had said, taking a jibe at the claims by Congress by saying that they carried out “invisible surgical strikes” when they were in power.